BIOS causes (exposes?) modprobe (load_module) kernel oops

From: John Z. Bohach
Date: Tue Mar 21 2006 - 23:03:14 EST

Linux, yeah, I know, and sorry if this has been fixed...but read on, please,
this is a new take...

So everything else is equal...same rootfs, same command line, same
kernel, and same modules...

When I boot my x86 board with one BIOS (and bootloader, not to forget that),
I can modprobe 'til the proverbial cows come home...

With the other BIOS (and its own bootloader), modprobe'ing ANY module gets this:

# modprobe ide-core
Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address e081e000
printing eip:
*pde = 01774067
*pte = 1fa6b01e
Oops: 0002 [#1]
Modules linked in:
CPU: 0
EIP: 0060:[<c0127ae5>] Not tainted VLI
EFLAGS: 00010202 (
eax: 00000000 ebx: e08128f0 ecx: 00004ac4 edx: 00012b10
esi: 00012b10 edi: e081e000 ebp: 00000000 esp: df863f3c
ds: 007b es: 007b ss: 0068
Process modprobe (pid: 265, threadinfo=df862000 task=dfe31030)
Stack: c17b1f60 e081e000 00000000 e0812380 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
0000000d 00000011 00000000 00000018 00000009 00000000 0000000f 0000001f
0000001e 00000020 e0819298 e0804000 b7e76000 df862000 b7f162f4 df862000
Call Trace:
Code: 89 44 24 18 83 c4 14 83 7c 24 04 00 0f 84 0a 04 00 00 8b 7c 24 0c 31 ed 89 e8 8b b7 bc 00 00 00 8b 7c 24 04 89 f1
Segmentation fault

I've seen others post similar issues, but no one has correlated it to a BIOS issue.

Can anybody suggest to me why on earth BIOS would matter when
modprobe'ing??? I'm a BIOS engineer, and I can fix my own @#$%, but
I cannot fathom the connection, at least not while I can pass a breathalizer test...


P.S.: I've not been able to find any other problems or issues on either BIOS. Modules
that were linked in at build time (full USB stack, a couple of SCSI mods., and a few
network mods. all work fine...), and no other manifestations that anything is amiss...
I can provide more details, but all I'm looking for is a hint at what the connection between
load_module and BIOS might be...I can probably take it from there...

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